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is get themselves on the side of bigger issues than their membership. there were times when the unions were seen as visionary, looking out for the betterment for the country. for fairness, not just for their membership, but a better life for america. a better society. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. more politics ahead with ce cenk uyger. good evening. in a moment we'll go live to japan to cover the historic disaster there. but also on tonight's show, president obama hits back hard at republicans who are trying to blame him for rising gas prices. who's right and who's wrong? we actually have the proof. and we'll expose the republicans' war on education around the country with former pennsylvania governor ed rendell. but we begin with a powerful earthquake that struck northeastern japan. we're just getting the first live pictures of damage in the daylight in japan. you're seeing it right there.
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request y-- you see people hanging out on the roof there. lower ground is dangerous, higher ground is safer. you see whole sections of town cities, buildings, et cetera, devastated. and the earthquake was an 8.9 magnitude quake and it struck near the coastal city of sendai overnight. it's the largest ever recorded in japan. sky scrapers started shaking and people went running for their lyes. witnesses say the reverberations were so powerful and prolonged they got motion sickness. it triggered a 23-foot tsunami that washed out entire neighborhoods. look at that. man, that is amazing footage. the tsunami wave sent houses
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crashing into other houses and pushed entire streets into a wall. you know what, i heard stories of ships flowing in out of the water, run into houses, running into bridges, taking out power cords. the electricity in obviously large sections of the town of different towns were devastated. we also have a nuclear problem we're going to tell you about in a second. but as you see it washing in, it is an amazing sight. we see the unbelievable devastation. we're going to talk about the death tolls. we're going to have reports from japan itself in just a second now. all day, people in the region have been dealing with dozens of after shocks. there was even a separate earthquake in nagano this afternoon. some aftershocks were as high as 6.0 throughout the koun tr i. -- country. this is a live picture in japan. it's unbelievable, the reach of the damage in some of these towns. search teams are still trying to
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rescue sur viefrs. reports estimate as many as 1,000 people are presumed dead. tens of thousands more have been displaced and there's an alarming new threat at this hour th at a japanese nuclear plant where the emergency cooling system has failed. the amount of radiation is 1,000 times normal levels inside the plant. and authorities are scrambling to prevent a nuclear meltdown. we'll have a complete report on the nuclear threat coming up. but first, let me turn to the cnbc's tokyo bureau chief in tokyo. give us a full update as to what's happened in japan today, the latest that we know. >> well, cenk, it's been 18 hours since the first earthquake hit, the biggest on record. and morning is just breaking across the country. public broadcaster nhk is reporting that the number of
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people either dead or missing is likely to exceed 1,000 people. most of the government efforts this morning seem to be concentrated on the nuclear facility in fukushima prefecture. the prime minister is headed that way two hours ago. there's been no information from pepco, the electric nuclear power company who runs this reactor for the last 45 minutes when it said 45 minutes ago the company has lost its ability to control the pressure at two of the nuclear reactors. there are four nuclear reactors across the eastern shore of the northeastern region. the amount of after shock not only in the northeastern region but across japan, this morning there was a large quake in nagano, which is inland.
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a 6.7 magnitude quake in nagano and also the western coast of japan. until this morning, most of the quake aftershocks was reported on the eastern coast of japan. now this morning as we're waking up, a quake which may or may not be related to the one that hit 18 hours ago, hit inland as well. bear in mind the temperatures are still around freezing point this morning. there's a lot of snow on the ground. i'm seeing pictures of rail lines being disrupted and completely derailed. i'm seeing pictures of people on roof tops of buildings. fire continue to erupt throughout the country. villages have been swept away. i also saw a sign in an open field in the northeastern japan with sos and then an h in a circle indicating they sneednee
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helicopter to come rescue them. mobile phone access has been very sporadic. >> these pictures and these kids are unbelievable. it looks like one of the movies you see where the world is ending. and given what we're seeing here, thousands seem -- you know, it's a horrible, horrible number, but it seems relatively low given what we're seeing. do you know if they had advanced warning? i know details are tough to come by just 18 hours after, but do you know about that? >> as far as i know, there was no warning of the actual quake itself. there was a warning of about 30 minutes lead time on some of the tsunamis that hit first and washed up on shore of the northeastern coast. but again, when these tsunamis hit, you're talking about an area that's relatively flat, relatively agricultural.
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even if you were to evacuate to higher ground, in situations like these, and we're advising people to be on ground about 10 floors above, a building 10 stories or above, that would have been difficult with a 30-minute warning notice. as i mentioned, they're continuing to report aftershocks throughout this region and people look like nay ethey're stranded in buildings on top of roof tops. i think it's still early days. not many people have been able to get into the center as the quake continues. as far as the official death toll is concerned, the public broadcaster saying combined with the missing is likely to exceed 1,000. remember that in the kobe earthquake of 1995, which most of japan still remembers very zi vividly, it was an earthquake of 7.3. now we're talking about levels
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far beyond the magnitude of the earthquake in 1995. >> we're now joined on the phone by martin williams, the tokyo bureau chief. i want to get more on this here. where were you when this happened? >> i was in my office. >> how profound was it in tokyo? >> in tokyo it was a very strong earthquake. i've been in japan for 15 years and this was easily the strongest earthquake i've felt top. so i can only imagine how bad it was up north. >> is tokyo in mourning already over not just what happened in
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tokyo but what happened in those areas that seem absolutely wiped out? >> i think the scale of the devastation is only starting to dawn on people. all the trains were canceled in tokyo last night. a lot of people spent the night in the office and haven't gone home yet. but as the dawn comes and the trains are going to restart, people are going to get home and get some rest. the pictures are just staggering. also a lot of the areas we didn't see last night, but with the morning light, helicopters flying over. we're starting to see fresh pictures and devastation up there is just incredible. >> have authorities told people yet whether all the aftershocks are done. >> all of japan's eastern seacoast is not just under a tsunami warning but under a major tsunami warning which is something that's very rare here.
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this morning in the neighborhood where i lived, the city came over the loud speaker and told us all to conserve power. >> i know it's really difld fic to know at this juncture, but any information on whether the earthquake caused more damage or the tsunami caused more damage? >> definitely the tsunami. the earthquake was offshore and while it shook and will have destroyed some buildings, there was some damage, although light damage caused directly by the earthquake, it was the tsunami washing ashore and those pictures you were talking about earlier that was really causing all the damage. >> let's focus on that for a second. how does japan recover from this. i know it was early on. but first of all, mass devastation. second of all, this could happen again. japan suffers from earthquakes all the time. obviously this is the largest one they've ever had.
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they've got to be constantly worried about a tsunami, let alone what it's going to do to their economy. >> exactly. >> we've had stsunamis yesterda, much, much smaller, but they continue as the aftershocks continue every five or ten minutes. this is something japan has faced in the past and something that japan has coped with in the past. as far as the economy, it's hard to tell how long it's going to take for the economy to bounce back. it will definitely have a large effect on the country, but yeah, it's the nature of japan. it knows how to live with this kind of thing. >> martin, i was just reading a financial report before all of this happened in japan, saying their deficit is totally out of control, maybe beyond repair, and now with this added on, is
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it possible that this deals an unrecoverable blow to the economy? >> i'm not sure that it will be unrecoverable. but the size of the blow could definitely be very significant, you're right. japan does have a lot of economic problems at the moment. the economy is in stagnation. this will deliver a huge hit to the economy. i don't think anyone has gotten around to crunching any possible numbers. >> one last thing on the psyche of japan. they have suffered through so much, whether it was, you know, obviously the nuclear bombs during world war ii, does it make it more hardened to this. do they feel besieged historically? >> i'm not sure the feelings that came in at the war have
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anything to do with this. but natural disasters are something that occur frequently in japan, whether it's earthquakes, tidal waves, mud slides. different times of year during the monsoon rains and things like that. people are very aware of the devastation that natural disasters can cause. japan has done a good job trying to guard against it. has very good warning testimony systems. but at the end of the day, the japanese people just can't fight natu nature. john buyer has been living in japan for 20 years and was with his wife and two small children when the earthquake struck. tell me how it felt. did you have a sense how gigantic this was as it was happening? >> i've been living here over 25 year, so just as the previous person was speaking, i mean, we learned to kind of live with these experiences, but i mean, this one was just a completely
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level. the length of it, and the power of it was just overwhelming. the aftershocks have been continuous. only in the last hour, the earthquake hit a little after 3:00 in the afternoon yesterday. the aftershocks have been continuous. i mean, almost never ending. i've never experienced anything like this in 25 years. >> tom, i live in l.a. normally and i live in a high rise. and we've suffered minor earthquakes while i get there and it's scary as the building sways back and forth. you've got your wife and kids. what did you do at that moment? >> well, you know, i've been in the same situation when i've been in the high rises but then i've been now at ground level where my home is. and the feeling is magnified almost ten times.
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you know, it was scary. i've got a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old. you know, we kind of trained for this. we think we're prepared, but when the moment hits, everything goes out the window. you really are in a panic, trying to figure out what the next move is. of whether you open up windows or you open up windows. do you go outside, do you stay inside? do you go under tables. >> out of curiosity, tom, what did you do? >> well, no -- you know, usually when this happens, it happens, you're in the moment and it finishes. but this thing was the never ending -- it went on for a couple of minutes. through the entire time, i was trying to open we were watching the kids. my wife went and put bicycle heldmen helmets on the kids.
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we put them under the table. glass started breaking on the floor. it was just mayhem. >> tom, as you're telling the story, if you're in the towns that got hit by the tsunami, the fear and the panic that must have been there, i mean, it's chilling. in tokyo, which is apparently over 150 miles away, it had that kind of effect on your guys. i thought being in the high rise -- i'm so glad my wife and kids weren't there at the time, but to have this kind of devastation in tokyo, is there a sense of my god, how do we help the people who are absolutely wiped out in the other towns. >> well, not yet. it's early morning here. people are just starting to get up and starting to see the devastation on television. you have two scenarios. you have the people who are
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stranded yesterday because at 3:00 when the earthquake hit like clock work, all the train systems stopped. everybody was stranded. you have those people struggling to get back home now. it was a weekend, saturday. and then you have people who are home and haven't gone out yet. we're glued to the tv. trying to find friends and loved ones. for me personally, i'm quite well known in japan because i appear on morning television. i'm a former professional soccer player and i travel around the country doing soccer events. and these -- most heavily devastated areas, sendai cities, fukoshima along the coastline, i've been there many, many times. in fact, the nuclear reactors built by the company that actually hired me over the years to go in and do soccer events for kids as a pr -- >> so you must know a lot of
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people in those towns and that's got to be tough. . >> i do. i have soccer schools i've created there. >> i hope they're all right. tom byer, thank you so much for your time tonight. really appreciate it. as we were reporting, japan has suffered a major disaster. not one, but two nuclear power plants are under threat of a meltdown. some people think allstate only protects your car. here's the truth. allstate can also protect your home or apartment, as well as your boat, motorcycle, rv, and snowmobile, and even your retirement and your life. not many insurance companies can say that. but allstate can. now that you know the truth, know this: the more of your world you put in good hands, the more you can save. dollar for dollar, nobody protects you like allstate. over a million people have discovered how easy it is to use legalzoom for important legal documents.
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>> the steam is slightly reacted. we'll tell you why it's so
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dangerous with our next guest. that's james actin who has been following the nuclear situation in japan today. i understand once you lose, as they say here, the power to the cooling supply in's an hour before basically you have coolant boiling off and possible meltdown. is that right? >> that's basically right, cenk. when you scram a reactor, when you turn it off, it continues to produce heat. you need a source of water to cool that while the reactor cools down over the course of a number of days. an internal power supply and backup generator all failed. it caused a series of events we don't fully understand at the
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moment. but the end result is a lot of steam is being reduced because the core isn't being cooled properly. that's building up and has had to be vented. >> i don't know if it means, if you can't call it off within an hour or if the meltdown would take a longer period of time. obviously a meltdown would be disastrous. do we have a sense of how much time do we have? or they have as we all try to -- and i know the u.s. is also bringing in things to cool this off. do you know how long before this happens? >> we don't know. because there's steam means there's some type of coolant within the system. the bottom line is this, if they
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cannot restore what's -- whatever is wrong. be that the power supply or the coolant systems themselves, then at some point over the course of the next hours or perhaps even days, this could be a very slow moving crisis. >> what happens if there's a meltdown? >> meltdown is a scary word that covers a large number of scenar scenarios. it's possible the metal surrounding the fuel starts to melt. but very little radio activity goes into the outside into the environment. that's kind of the best case meltdown scenario. the worst case is that there's a leakage of radiation into the environment. there's actually a huge range of
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possible jut comes here. >> right. and that's why i brought up nuclear bombs going off in japan earlier. it seems like they're -- you know, the nuclear issue again in japan. it's a shame, and just one more thing here, as they let off that radioactive steam, how dangerous is that? they're telling them two miles evacuate, six miles just stay inside your house. i don't think i would do that. is that okay? how bad is the radioactive steam? >> when you have radiation leaking out of the plant, that's an extremely serious accident. you can't play this down. that said, the radiation within the steam is not terribly intense. it will dissipate. away from the plant, people are likely to be adversely affected by it. anytime radiation is leaking,
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that's a call for extreme concern. what i want to emphasize is a huge range of powerful outcomes. while the core is not damaged, it may not cause any fatalities outside of the plant. if the core starts to get damaged and the steam continues to flow, then you're in a very different situation. >> all right, james, fthank you for your expertise tonight. i tell you, if i was in, i would go, man. i would go and get out as quickly as possible. maybe that's just me, but that's really scary. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] achievement: embraces mondays.
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americans looking at the price of gas at the pump these days are justifiably upset. what they don't realize is some in the administration are working to actively decrease our oil production at home. >> the gop is slamming president obama as you just saw over rising oil prices. and in my opinion, and according to the facts with we're about to show you, that is absolutely ridiculous. and it wasn't just mitch mcconnell. john boehner also piled on this week, saying obama has consistently blocked with efforts to increase domestic oil production. they're saying it's obama's fault that gas prices are high. it's true gas prices are up, up 7 cents from a week ago and 76 cents from a year ago. president obama argues this is because of what's happening in libya and the rest of the middle east.
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>> there's uncertainty in terms of what's happening in the middle east. a lot of this has to do with uncertainty in the market. >> so who's right? the republicans or president obama? now, if you watch this show on a regular basis, you know that i often disagree with the president. this is not one of those times. in this case, he's only 100% correct. look at this the chart. the day before the uprising in libya, february 14, oil prices were covering just around the $90 mark. the first protetests in libya happened the next day and prices soon started hitting new levels at just under $107 a few days level. now they're around the $100 ballpark. libya is now producing less than a million barrels of oil per day than they had been. and as you saw in that chart, it's an open and shut case. libya happens, prices go up. you would have to be crazy or a republican to disagree. and as always, besides blaming
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obama is more drilling at home. the theory is if we drill, baby, drill prices will come down. >> we want it to be $60 a barrel or $50 a barrel. and the way to do it is to produce more in america. >> i will say this for the billionth time in a run, until it gets through their thick skulls. when we drill in america. we don't get the oil. they don't drive up to your house and say hey, bob, thanks for the oil in the gulf of mexico. here it is. the oil companies keep it and make bigger profits. but the republicans know that because that's who they're working for. you want proof? look at that same legislator defending oil companies right here. . >> over time, if you put disincentives against any u.s. manufacturer or production company or oil and gas exploration they'll go out of business. >> did you hear that?
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the congressman just said they would go out of business. that was in the context of hey, should we give them oil subsidies and all of those tax breaks? he's saying if we don't give them the tax breaks the oil companies will go bankrupt. what a joke that is. look at these numbers. exx exx exxonmobil made profit of $19 billion in 2009. it was the second most profitable company in the world. chevron made almost $11 billion. it was the world's 29th most profitable company. and conoco phillips, oh, poor guys. they'll small potatoes. they only made $4.9 billion in 2009. and these guys need tax breaks or they'll go out of business? they can't possibly believe that. in fact, they don't. the republicans have just become shameless. they think they can't lose so they're pretty much admitting yeah, we work for the oil companies. i would like to give them more of money. for the record, as they blame obama for high gas price, how
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did george w. bush do on the same issue. when we came into office, the average price was $1.48. by the time he left it was $3.25. and that's over an eight-year period. it doesn't have fluctuations over libya or the middle east. that's a huge discrepancy. you know what we call that? oops. i guess if you want to blame a president for it, you're blaming the wrong president. you should blame george w. bush. now with me is congressman mark key on the house energy and commerce committee. first of all, i mean, really? really? they think if we don't give the oil company subsidies theyer. >> going to go bankrupt? and they can't see that chart where after libya, the gas prices take off. so my question to you, congressman, are they on the level? do they actually believe what they're saying or do they think they're not going to find out. let's just lie.
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>> they're blaming obama when they should be blaming opec. this is not an act of god. this is an act of gadhafi which has led to this price spike. and they are contending in congress that the answer is larger tax breaks for oil companies. well, at $100 a barrel for oil, subsidizing the oil companies to drill for more oil would be like subsidizing a bird to fly or a fish to swim. you don't have to do it. they're going to do it anyway in their own economic interest. but they've already bid for public lands in the united states where there is oil that is the size of new mexico and they have yet to begin their drilling on that land. and i think what we should do is instead of giving them tax breaks to start putting tax burdens on them unless and until they start drilling here in the united states on the land that
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the american people have given them to drill. >> yeah. you know, you have an interesting theer tri, i believe. do you think that the republican party is interested in keeping us addicted to foreign oil? >> i think they really do the bidding of the oil industry. look, we only produce 7 million barrels of oil a day in the united states. we imho port 13 million barrels oil a day. of that, about half of it comes from opec. we should be telling opec we don't need your oil any more than we need your sand. the only way to do that is to have a wind, a solar, a geothermic revolution in our country that backs that oil out of our system. instead, the republicans in the budget which they passed in the house of representatives just two weeks ago kills all of these programs. tells the epa that they won't be able to increase the fuel
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economy standards of the vehicles which we drive. that we can't have higher standards for airplane fuel economy standards, for trains, for all of the places where we put the oil we consume. and opec grins and smiles as their profits go up. the oil companies grill and smile as their oil profits get up. and the republicans on the floor and the senate blame barack obama for what is happening. but the one thing they're wrong on is the american people know the oil companies, because of opec and there's no way they're going to be blaming obama. >> that's a interesting interesting point. if you think they're interested in the american people then it doesn't make sense. but if they're interested in the people paying their bills, the oil companies, then you wouldn't want alternative energy, you would want us to be addicted to the oil companies financing the republicans. so that's a very interesting point. and my last point on this is, what happened to the free market? i thought these guys said they're in favor of the free market.
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now they say no, no, give all the tax breaks and subsidies to the oil companies. >> well, that's what happened in the last congress. president obama proposed an energy revolution of using new technologies. and henry waxman and i were able to pass 245 bill throuthat bill house. but in the senate, it was oklahoma oil and kentucky coal that killed that bill that would have us on its way. big oil, big coil, they got us what we wanted and we're now paying the price at the pump. >> congressman, thank you so much for joining us tonight. now, republicans are waging a war on education in america, the president is fighting back at the national level, but gop governors are killing education funding throughout the whole country. i want to ask ed rendell whether he thinks they're doing this on purpose to deny your kids an opportunity. ♪ phone surprised you?
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>> there are going to be certain things that house republicans want that i will not accept. the foegs that we would cut, for example, pell grants when we know the single most important thing to our success as a nation long term is how well educated our kids are. >> today president obama put his foot down on republican plans to cut education spending on the federal level as you just saw. but most of the damage to our education system is already being doned by republican governors who are systematically handicapping the public school system. in wisconsin, governor scott walker's new budget cuts nearly $900 million in aid to public schools. and in pennsylvania, governor tom kcorbett's budget cuts $644 million he wants to cut from higher education. which would mean a 50% reduction in funding for pennsylvania state universities like penn
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state and pitt. the association of pennsylvania state college and university faculties says the cuts could force schools to raise tuition by 33%. this is the kind of thing that's going on all around the country. and the republicans are implementing these cuts even though they're wildly unpopular. a recent poll showed only 3% of americans want to cut education funding. let me repeat that. 3%. but they do it anyway. you might be asking, how can that make any political sense? what you want to remember is you are not their constituency. they believe that their rich donors get them elected and that's their constituency. it's pretty logical. the tax cuts go to the rich and you don't get any education for your kids. why would they want that part, though. that's interest, right? education cuts could mean that people aren't as well educated, right? and less educated people equals
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a cheap labor force and no opportunity for others to challenge the power of the already wealthy. also they just cut bargaining rights. when you put that all together. you don't get an education or your kids don't and they don't have any bargaining rights and they're under the rich and powerful. this is un-american. not that we're against the rich. i want to be rich, you want to be rich. that's the american dream. and there's great rich people all around the country. bill and melinda gates are doing wonderful things. it's just that we all want the opportunity at that. that's what education gives us. it gives us all the belief that have our kids can have that as well. i hope they're not trying to take that away from your kids and my kids. ed rendell is the former pennsylvania governor and now an msnbc political analyst.
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governor corbett replaced you. >> to be fair to tom corbett he said he was going to have to cut significant portions of the budget, no question about that. but this staggered everybody across the state. it's systematic of what's happening around the country. remember, federal government only gives 7% to k through 12 education. 7% of the funding comes from the feds. the rest is the state or local property tax. >> jonathan, look, i have put out there an interesting theory, right. i'm certainly not saying it's a conspiracy-filled room where they say okay, let's get the little kids. but the first thing they cut is education and 3% of the people are in favor of it. i'm trying to figure out why in
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the world they would be doing that if it's not this. >> i kind of thing you're half right. it's idiotic of them to cut education. they're screwing us for the future. they're screwing the country. the reason they're cutting is because every state has to balance its budget by law. right? they have to get the budget into balance. when they wealthy constituents school kids, they pick the wealthy. a lot of them run biusinesses where they need skilled worker and they get them j from overseas. they're just pound foolish. they're not even penny wise, they're pound foolish. they're not looking towards the future. how do you build a movement to use that 3%, the fact that only
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3% want to cut education and use the other 97%, so do a little bit of math in school, and build a political movement based on that. to throw these ghuys out of the office so this doesn't continue. >> governor rendell, you're in this situation in pennsylvania, let me chop off $1 billion in education, more than $1 billion when you combine the public schools and higher education that he's talking about immediately. and let's make sure we never give any tax raises to the rich or anybody else. you went in a different direction. what does this tell us about the republican priorities whether it's in pennsylvania or across the country. >> in eight years as governor, i raised our basic education funding by about $4 billion a year annually. pennsylvania went to the bottom third in states into the top five and our eighth graders last year finished first in the country.
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so money properly targeted makes a big difference. the priorities are terribly skewed and they're skewed, i think, jonathan made a good point. yes, business does need an educated work force. it's shocking that they're making those cuts. and it's not just pennsylvania. across the country, higher education. we need a competitive highly skilled work force. but it shows they're so obsessed with not raising revenue. sure, we have to have a balanced budget, but there are ways to raise revenue that aren't even that unpopular with the public. for example, in pennsylvania, you could impose a tax on shale drilling which the public supports by 70%, and raise a couple hundred millions of dollars. so there are ways to raise revenues and balance this. the best approach, every governor republican or democrat has to cut this year. so give all the governors that nod. they have to cut. as jonathan say, we have a
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balanced budget retirement. but increase revenue with cuts is the way to do it. share the pain. what's wrong with what's going on in the states is there's no pain sharing. in wisconsin, governor walker is putting all the pain on the workers and yet cutting business taxes by $100 million. >> it's unconscionable. that's the real problem right there. we've got to leave it right there because we had breaking news earlier in the show. one last note, the drilling tax that governor rendell was talking about is kmaktly right. corbett says the companies would go elsewhere. the gas is in pennsylvania. they can't go anywhere else. what a terrible excuse. m jet ens that have fewer emissions, to new ways to charge electric cars, to renewable sources of clean energy, ecomagination from ge is advanced technology that's good for both the economy and the environment.
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>> yesterday, congressman peter king lied. now lie is a strong word. am i sure he lied? well, yes. he was accused of saying there are too many mosques in this country. today he denied that. i never said there's too many mosques in america. he said i never said that, right? except when he said this. >> unfortunately we have too many mosques in this country.
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there's too many people sympathetic to radical islam. >> we have a technical term for that in the news business. it's called oops. your ear stone cold busted. peter king, both dishonest and not particularly bright. where in the world did he get the idea for the crazy hearings? are you tread difor this? early in his career he worked for roy cohn he was an aide for joe mccarthy during his hearings. king seems a little hurt to all the connections to people like mccarthy. you know what? did your feelings get hurt. i do one racist hearing and all of a sudden i'm a racist! that's kind of how it works.